Ingrid Berger Myhre - In Other Words

Is dance a language? And if so, how does it speak? This piece explores the compatibility between dance and language, using rhetoric devices as compositional tools. With the stage as page, the choreographic writing unfolds a physical discourse with its own syntax, grammar and vocabulary. But what conditions these dance utterances? And what does it mean to read dance? In other words, if we are not seeking meaning, how do we sense the making of sense when watching this dance?

In Other Words is a game where four performers paraphrase each others dances back to back. Mechanisms of language organise the dances and suggest relations. The piece speculates on how dance is not simply expressive like language, but that it in itself is language, to bring into question how we read – rather than simply watch – dance.

Language and semiotics are central elements to Ingrid’s artistic work. She is motivated by questions around how we read dance, especially in the context of the theatre. With wit, charm and sophistication Ingrid Berger Myhre’s relativizing take on “dance” as we know it, comes together in unpretentious and humorous performances. In her new performance In Other Words, she continues her play with language - this time using it as a scaffold for dance as poetic expression.


Team in residency : Ingrid Berger Myhre, Thomas Bîrzan, Chloé Chignell, Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld, Dominique Pollet, Teresa Gentile
Credits : Research & choreography Ingrid Berger Myhrein collaboration withPablo Esbert Lilienfeld, Chloe Chignell&Thomas Bîrzan
Performed by Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld, Chloe Chignell, Thomas Bîrzan&Ingrid Berger Myhre
In conversation with Bojana Cvejić
Sound design Lasse Passage
Light design Dominique Pollet
Scenography Edwin Kolpa
Costumes Min Li
Executive production Caravan Production (BE)
Funded by Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region
Co-production Black Box Teater (Oslo, NO), BUDA kunstencentrum (Kortrijk, BE), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, NL), MDT (Stockholm, SE), Regional Arena for Samtidsdans (NO), SPRING Festival (Utrecht, NL)
Residencies Black Box Teater (Oslo, NO), BUDA kunstencentrum (Kortrijk, BE), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, NL), KAAP (Brugge, BE), Kunstenwerkplaats - KWP (Brussel, BE), STUK (Leuven, BE)
Supported by P.A.R.T.S. Research Studios ’17-’18

Ingrid Berger Myhre is a Brussels-based Norwegian choreographer and dancer. She holds an MA in Choreography; Research and Performance from ex.e.r.ce at the Choreographic Centre in Montpellier and later deepened her project on literacy in dance at the Research Studio’s at P.A.R.T.S from ’17-’18.

Ingrid studied modern dance at Amsterdam School of the Arts, and worked as a freelance dancer in the Netherlands and abroad, before she pursued her interest in choreography. She has developed her work as associate artist at Dansateliers Rotterdam, with the support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund’s Nieuwe Makers Regeling.

Her previous pieces BLANKS (2017) and PANFLUTES AND PAPERWORK (2019) were both selected for Aerowaves Network. Her upcoming production IN OTHER WORDS is scheduled for spring 2021.

Other works include commissions for Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Conny Janssen Danst’s development initiative Danslokaal. She is currently artist in residence at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen as part of the EU research project Dancing Museums II. Ingrid's work is supported by the APAP network and Caravan Production (Brussels).